Thursday 12 June 2008 

Greg Smith Century Gives Derbyshire Twenty20 Win

Former South Africa Under-19 batsman Greg Smith smashed an unbeaten century as Derbyshire beat Yorkshire by 47 runs in the ECB Twenty20 Cup North Division while there were wins in the South Division for Middlesex and in the Wales/West/Midlands Division for Worcestershire, as Richard Reardon reports.

Lord's: Middlesex 116-3 beat Essex 115-9 by seven wickets

A low scoring encounter at Lord's saw the home side win comfortable by seven wickets as they maintain a 100% start to the competition. Essex struggled to 115 after being put in to bat before Middlesex knock of the total with only three wickets going down.

Wickets fell regularly for Essex as only new signing Neil Dexter (46) from Kent put up any resistance to the Middlesex onslaught. 22 was the highest partnership for the Eagles as the only other batsmen to reach double figures was Grant Flower (12). All five Middlesex bowlers cashed in with the ever impressive Tim Murtagh claiming three for 24 picking up the Man of the Match award for his efforts. Special mention should go to Murali Kartik who went for just 3.75 from his four overs whilst picking up two wickets.

Middlesex needed just 16.5 overs to reach their target as the batsmen didn’t even have to risk their wickets chasing such a small total. Andrew Strauss (11) went reasonably early but then a 67 run partnership between Ed Smith (33) and Eoin Morgan (47) put the game beyond doubt. The pair fell and it was left to Dawid Malan (18 not out) and Ed Joyce (one not out) to hit the winning runs. Graham Napier was the pick in a losing cause for the Essex bowlers as he picked up the wicket of Strauss whilst only conceding 17 from his three overs.

Middlesex’s next game is at home to Surrey next Monday whilst Essex have to wait until next Tuesday when they travel to Sussex to redeem themselves.

Headingley Carnegie: Derbyshire 181-2 beat Yorkshire 134-9 by 47 runs

Derbyshire completed a comprehensive win to follow up a disappointing loss to Durham last night with South Africans Greg Smith and Charl Langeveldt too much for Yorkshire.

Smith and Wavell Hinds came together after Derbyshire opener Dan Birch was caught and bowled by Tim Bresnan and they added 149 runs for the second wicket, Smith remaining unbeaten on exactly 100 from 62 balls having hit 12 fours and two sixes while Hinds was run out for 61 from 43 with three fours and four sixes.

Yorkshire's reply saw the much talked about domestic Twenty20 debut for one Michael Vaughan but he did his chances of playing himself into contention for an international recall no favours with a two-ball duck.

Yorkshire were quickly in trouble thanks to Langeveldt, who playing for South Africa A four years ago, routed Vaughan's England and he had much the same effect here, taking four for nine in an inspired spell that saw Yorkshire limp to 134 for nine with only Anthony McGrath (55) and Gerard Brophy (25) surviving the carnage.

Both teams are in action tomorrow with Yorkshire hosting Nottinghamshire while Derbyshire travel to Lancashire.

New Road: Worcestershire 169-1 beat Gloucestershire 168-9 by nine wickets

New Road was also a good place to be if you wanted to witness a comprehensive win with half-centuries from England rejects thrown in for good measure.

Batting first, Gloucestershire made good progress, but lost wickets; all but one of them in fact with Kabir Ali taking two for 23 and Chris Whelan, who took four against New Zealand yesterday, two for 41. Marcus North hit 45 and Chris Taylor 39 as only three sixes were hit in their innings - Craig Spearman, North and Taylor the players to do so.

Worcestershire wasted no time in getting their reply moving, Vikram Solanki and Graham Hick motoring to an opening stand of 143 which was ended when Solanki fell for 51 from 43 balls, leaving the impressive Hick, far more worthy of an England recall than Vaughan, to end matters on 88 not out from 58 balls with the match done with two overs to spare.

Gloucestershire host Warwickshire tomorrow as Worcestershire travel to Northamptonshire, who enjoyed an impressive win over Somerset yesterday.

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